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Old 8th July 2021, 06:26   #1441
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Re: The Royal Enfield Himalayan thread!

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In an attempt to make my bike look even more ugly (or purposeful if you want to call it that), I went ahead and got the RE hand guards!
What a coincidence! I also installed them yesterday after evaluating a lot of different options. I hesitated for a long time because they look so ugly.
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Old 8th July 2021, 20:07   #1442
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Re: The Royal Enfield Himalayan thread!

Out of the blue, Royal Enfield decides to increase the price of all their models. Wasn't expecting RE to increase the prices for Himalayan this soon considering it was launched only in February. They've increased the price by approx. 4.5k.

The increase isn't much unless you're from Kerala. All these while, Himalayan was being sold for less than 2 lakhs ex-showroom (other than Pine Green/Granite Black) in Kerala but now as a result of the price increase, the ex-showroom rate is a little over 2 lakhs. As the two-wheelers costing above 2 lakhs have a higher road tax rate in Kerala. This translates to an on-road increase in price of freaking 25k!

What hurts me most is that the Showroom where I made the booking called me to take the delivery only yesterday, about 3-4 days after the price increase. Planning to cancel the booking now!
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Old 11th July 2021, 22:37   #1443
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Re: The Royal Enfield Himalayan thread!

With Covid receding, at least seems so for the moment, weekend rides have resumed. In these times, whenever my wife and I hit the roads, we make sure we're going to a place where we'll have less-no crowd. So rode to Thirukazhukundram, a temple around 50ish Km from our house. Weather was surprisingly wonderful over the weekend. Very less crowd on the road early morning along with cool breeze and slight drizzle. Had wonderful tarmac for 30kms and was able to maintain 90kmph with ease. Visited a view point and did some mild off-roading while returning home. The roads were bad for almost 5kms and the bike was gliding on such bad terrains. The bike's delivering exactly what I expected. So I'm loving every moment on the bike and having no regrets selling my Meteor. Some pics for now.

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Old 15th July 2021, 16:35   #1444
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Cone-set issue on the Himalayan

Another query to all Himalayan owners: how prevalent are cone-set issues in the Himalayan? The vlogger in the video below opines that this is a common issue with the Himalayan and goes on to hint that RE could have used better quality parts to avoid it. Thoughts?


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Re: Cone-set issue on the Himalayan

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Another query to all Himalayan owners: how prevalent are cone-set issues in the Himalayan? The vlogger in the video below opines that this is a common issue with the Himalayan and goes on to hint that RE could have used better quality parts to avoid it. Thoughts?
The cone set issue is quite common among the Himalayans. Quite a lot of my Chennai Himalayan buddies have replaced the cone set.

Even on my motorcycle, the handlebar makes a weird squeaky noise when turned from lock to lock. I haven't really noticed any issues while riding though. I kept complaining about the noise at every service, however they just greased the cone set and returned the bike. The first service I do after warranty is over - they recommend changing the cone set!!

I feel it is better to get an after market bearing like the Youtuber mentions. Why would I want to go through the ordeal again after changing it at the service center!?
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I feel it is better to get an after market bearing like the Youtuber mentions.
Thanks! So, it is indeed a known issue. Wonder why RE has not been able to resolve it despite the bike having undergone 4 iterations!!
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Re: Cone-set issue on the Himalayan

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Another query to all Himalayan owners: how prevalent are cone-set issues in the Himalayan? The vlogger in the video below opines that this is a common issue with the Himalayan and goes on to hint that RE could have used better quality parts to avoid it. Thoughts?
The issue is very common, even in BS6, but thankfully can be fixed. Many Chennai Himalayan owners I know have put the rubber cone mounts from Art of Motorcycles as shown in the video. Some have even traveled from Chennai to Art of Motorcycles in Bangalore just to get their cone-set fixed and attach the rubber mounts. Nowadays the rubber mounts are also available in after market shops too. So yeah, though it's a frequently occurring problem, it's solvable and that should give a piece of mind.

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So yeah, though it's a frequently occurring problem, it's solvable and that should give a piece of mind
Thanks! However, I'm not very happy about the fact that despite this issue being prevalent for years now - and the fix being as simple as what it is (just a matter of using a part of better design/quality) - RE has been callous enough to not do anything about it! Why should one buy a product with a known issue and get it addressed at an independent garage at one's own cost while the manufacturer, boasting of a 100+ year legacy, is busy jacking up the prices instead of fixing a known issue?

Sorry about the rant but this is sheer ignorance on RE's part.
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Re: Cone-set issue on the Himalayan

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RE has been callous enough to not do anything about it! Why should one buy a product with a known issue and get it addressed at an independent garage at one's own cost while the manufacturer, boasting of a 100+ year legacy, is busy jacking up the prices instead of fixing a known issue?

Sorry about the rant but this is sheer ignorance on RE's part.
Said every person who has ever bought an RE in his life in the last century.

You don't even want to find out about the frames breaking fiasco on the Himalayan. Or the pegs
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Re: The Royal Enfield Himalayan thread!

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How about water flow when you visited there? Is it worth visiting this weekend?
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Another query to all Himalayan owners: how prevalent are cone-set issues in the Himalayan?
I would say every 15k kms. I got it changed at first around 17k and now around 31k.
It's an irritant. In stop-go traffic scenarios when I needed to turn my bike, it would resist quite noticeably.
At higher speeds it's ok since you generally move with slight tilts but at lower speeds, since you need to move the handle, it's quite frustrating.
It's the difference between accidentally bumping into a car's mirrors and, well, not bumping into them. I'm not exaggerating.

I've considered the Art Of Motorcycles fix myself but it's the other side of town for me. Just a matter of time before I actually get around to it.

There's a lot wrong with the Himalayan, for that matter, a lot of products that are out there and it baffles us as consumers as to why such simple things are overlooked.
But one thing I honestly feel is that these minor issues affect us more in the head than they should.

It's a wonderful bike that has allowed me to attempt exploring more than I thought I could

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You don't even want to find out about the frames breaking fiasco on the Himalayan. Or the pegs
I thought those were things of the past and no longer a bother with BS6-onwards models. Is that not so?

Anyways, I have decided to test-ride the G 310 GS as well, just to get a feel of a non-RE bike Let's see how that goes.

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It's an irritant. In stop-go traffic scenarios when I needed to turn my bike, it would resist quite noticeably. At higher speeds it's ok since you generally move with slight tilts but at lower speeds, since you need to move the handle, it's quite frustrating.
I'd say that's more than an irritant. A handlebar that does not move freely could be a safety hazard as well.

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It's a wonderful bike that has allowed me to attempt exploring more than I thought I could
No doubt it is! And I am not expecting a "perfect" bike anyways, since one does not exist. It is just that a glaring issue as this should have been fixed by RE by now.

Is anyone specifically aware of this issue being faced in a 2021 model as well?
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I would say every 15k kms. I got it changed at first around 17k and now around 31k.
This issue depends on usage, I used my bike on weekend dirt trails, offroad and lot of broken road riding and i had to change it every 5-6K kms.
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I'd say that's more than an irritant. A handlebar that does not move freely could be a safety hazard as well.
Ok let me clarify. I noticed it early on and delayed getting it changed.
I should've been more proactive about changing it. It's not an issue that crops suddenly from nowhere.

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This issue depends on usage, I used my bike on weekend dirt trails, offroad and lot of broken road riding and i had to change it every 5-6K kms.
Right! I should've clarified that the distance/time between changing is dependent on individual's usage. More off-roading translates to shorter intervals.
For myself, I only do tarmac riding, hence, 15k kms.

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How about water flow when you visited there? Is it worth visiting this weekend?
There's no water flow now, but the lake was almost full. If you're going with family, I suggest you pack lunch/food and have it near the lake somewhere. There's nothing more than 10-15 mins to see there.

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